Slow Shower Drain - plunge or other?


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Old 11-25-13, 09:49 AM
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Slow Shower Drain - plunge or other?

We had our Shower Drain (not tub) drain slowly since last week. It creates a pool of water when we're showering in it, not ankle high but enough to cover your toes. But when we turn off the shower, it does drain down but slowly, maybe all gone after a minute.

I had this similar problem when I was renting and when I used the plunger at that particular location, we had black goo come out of the drain covering the whole shower floor. Had to call a plumber out and he snaked it and found it was hair.

So due to that experience, I'm a bit scared trying the plunge method. I want to avoid the plumber especially this week where they'll charge me double for coming out on a holiday. I also can go get some Hair remover at Walmart and put it down the drain I guess, but I don't want to work on it until the week is over in case I break something.

So to plunge or not to plunge?

Also, in these type of issues, when the water does go down but very slowly, if we continue to use it, will it eventually back up on us?

Thanks - I'm all new to this so appreciate your understanding.
 
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Old 11-25-13, 10:59 AM
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I would remove the grate over the shower's drain and fish around in the trap with a coat hanger that has a small hook bent in the end. Large plastic wire ties also work well but best is a inexpensive drain cleaning tool sold at most home centers and online.

 
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You can try that little tool but right under the tub there's what's called a drain shoe that makes a 90 deg. turn so it may or may not work. May have luck with removing the drain over flow and running a drain snake.
It's not going to get any better if you keep using it and there's no way your going to break it.
If you do plan on calling a plumber do not use any drain cleaner down that drain. I'm sure he would not like a toxic, caustic acid running down his arm or in his eye.
 
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I just bought that zip it you have in your picture.

Here is the weird thing, when I put it down the hole to fish out things, it didnt go all the way in. I can't really see what is going on since there is water there at the bottom in the trap which I think is normal. Maybe I will keep trying to fish it out and if that doesn't work, go with the liquid stuff.

If we continue to use it for showering say for another 5 days, is it safe or are we just waiting for a bigger problem to occur?
 
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Old 11-25-13, 01:55 PM
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You can try that little tool but right under the tub there's what's called a drain shoe that makes a 90 deg. turn so it may or may not work.

We had our Shower Drain (not tub) drain slowly since last week.
Joe please read the posts more carefully...

To the OP... By all means plunge it.... get what you could out...

If it does not work then snaking is best... Most of the time on the shower the clog is farther down where it enters the branch or main line...

Chemicals will not work and may cause more harm for the plumber and possibly cause more blockage...

Hey its only monday... If you are not going to DIY then call the pro out before it gets too bad and the holiday.....
 
 

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